Do you have a busy schedule?  Are there not enough daylight hours in the day?  As the summer draws to a close and days get shorter, sometimes the only time to run is during dark mornings or evenings.  Check out the following guidelines for running in the dark and staying safe.

Be Visible

Always wear white, yellow, orange or florescent clothing when running in the dark or where visibility is reduced.  Try to buy running kit with reflective pieces and wear additional reflective items such as bibs, wristbands and strobes.  If you do a lot of running in the dark, it may also be worthwhile to invest in a running head torch for extra protection and visibility.

Choose A Well-Lit Route

The most well-lit routes are usually the safest, where you will be able to see the road and avoid potential hazards.  Well-lit routes also give oncoming traffic the best chance of seeing you, well in advance.

Run Against The Traffic

It’s always easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming.  Never presume that they’ve seen you!  Moreover, try to avoid busy roads and those with no hard shoulders or pavements.

Carry Identification

When you are running in the dark, it is a good idea to carry your driving license or a form of identification with you.  You can buy ID bands, which will have details of an emergency contact and any medical conditions you have.

Run With A Group Or Friend

As well as benefitting your training, running with others means you have ‘safety in numbers’.  Try to avoid running alone in the dark but if it is required, tell someone your route and the time you estimate it will take.

Run With Your Mobile Phone

It’s good to have the option to be able to contact people in case of an emergency, especially as it’s likely there will be fewer people out and about.

Think Twice About Music

When you are running in the dark, it’s a good idea to have your wits about you, and as your vision will be compromised, you’ll rely more on your hearing.  Leave the headphones at home so you have plenty of warning if you encounter cars, cyclists, dogs or other potential threats.